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Mr. Baseball (1992)




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A former American baseball star, now considered a has-been, is signed to play for a Japanese league in this comedy. Cultures clash as the player at first fails to take his new teammates seriously, but he soon finds his love of the game rejuvenated by their fresh perspective.more
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Gary Ross, Kevin Wade, Monte Merrick, Jeffrey Price, Ed Solomon
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 1, 1998
MCA Universal Home Video


Tom Selleck
as Jack Elliot
Ken Takakura
as Coach Uchiyama
Aya Takanashi
as Hiroko Uchiyama
Ava Takanashi
as Hiroko Uchiyama
Dennis Haysbert
as Max `Hammer' Dubois
Toshi Shioya
as Yoji Nishimura
Kohsuke Toyohara
as Toshi Yamashita
Toshizo Fujiwara
as Ryoh Mukai
Mak Takano
as Shinji Igarashi
Kenji Morinaga
as Hiroshi Kurosawa
Joh Nishimura
as Tomohiko Ohmae
Lesly Leon Lee
as Lyle Massey
Norihide Goto
as Issei Itoi
Kensuke Toita
as Akito Yagi
Naoki Fujii
as Takuya Nishikawa
Takanobu Hozumi
as Hiroshi Nakamura
Jun Hamamura
as Hiroko's Grandfather
Mineko Yorozuyo
as Hiroko's Grandmother
Shoji Ohoki
as Coach Hori
Tomoko Fujita
as Hiroko's Assistant
Kinzoh Sakura
as 1st Umpire
Ikuko Saitoh
as Morita San
Hikari Takano
as Commercial Director
Tim McCarver
as Himself
Larry Pennell
as Howie Gold
Scott Plank
as Ryan Ward
Charles Joseph Fick
as Billy Stevens
Todd A. Provence
as Young Ball Player
Frank Mendoza
as New York Player
Kinzo Sakura
as 1st Umpire
Carrie Yazel
as Coed in Bed
Mary Kohnert
as Player's Wife
Makoto Kuno
as Japanese Sportscaste...
Michigo Washizukan
as Japanese Sportscaste...
Michiyo Washizukan
as Japanese Sportscaste...
Shotaro Kusumi
as Takahashi
Hiro Nagae
as Mutsui
Yoshimi Imai
as Ishimaru
Makoto Kaketa
as 2nd Umpire
Shogo Nakajima
as 3rd Umpire
Yoshiya Morita
as Yashiro/Coach
Takao Ito
as Katsura/Coach
Hidetaka Hoshino
as Adachi/Coach
Kazuhiko Migita
as Namiki/Dragons
Tsukumo Torisaka
as Anzai/Dragons
Kazukuni Mutoh
as Catcher/Giants
Hiroshi Masumoto
as Pitcher/Giants
Tomohisa Shoji
as 2nd Base/Giants
Fumio Kubo
as Pitcher/Whales
Yasunori Itoh
as Catcher/Whales
Nobuhiko Matsunami
as Giants Manager
Masahiro Nakane
as Pitcher/Carp
Yuji Inoue
as Player
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
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Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
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If Mr Baseball were a Major League team, it would be the Chicago Cubs; friendly, occasionally successful, but never likely to amount to much more than a .500 season.

Full Review… | March 4, 2004

So, that's what happened to Mr. Selleck's career!

November 28, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Audience Reviews for Mr. Baseball

In all honesty this movie looked very much like a 'Major League' clone judging by the title and poster, hell they even cast Dennis Haysbert who played the menacing Pedro Cerrano in that movie. So is this a crazy kamikaze comedy with over the top characters, wacky situations and foul language? well no actually.Believe it or not this is actually a sensible light-hearted romcom which showcases the cultural differences between Japan and their baseball traditions, and America and their baseball traditions.

Tom Selleck plays the obligatory aged fading baseball star who is transferred to Japan to play professional baseball whilst also becoming the clubs poster boy. Naturally Selleck's character is against this move and has a hard time getting to grips with the cultural differences both on and off the ballpark. Spoiler alert (as if you need it)...eventually he comes around with the help of his new love interest and helps the team...well I'm sure you can guess.

Yes the tale is a predictable one that has been covered by virtually every sports flick ever, but that's not the point of the movie. The main point here is providing an insight into Japanese culture and how they play and watch the game of baseball, its like the sport version of 'Lost in Translation'...almost. Just like that film this story delves deep into the Japanese traditions, routines and rituals that make up their sport, how the Japanese made baseball their own. This naturally provides many giggles with Selleck's big bold brash arrogant cowboy-like character stepping on many toes and accidentally insulting everyone or harking bad luck. Its not all giggles though as we see much of Nagoya and its surrounding areas, how Japanese people live in parts and indeed how they watch baseball...munching on bowls of noodle meals with lots of colourful fanfare mainly. Its actually very interesting and I enjoyed watching these segments, being interested in Japan helps I guess.

For me the one thing I didn't really like was Selleck's character. I realise this guy is suppose to be a cocky hotshot star player and the whole point of the movie is to have him be a jackass...but boy is he an unlikable jackass! He obviously doesn't take the Japanese game seriously and treats the players, staff, media and coach with disrespect, this of course sets up the plot twist midway through. But generally I found his character to be whiny, rude and obnoxious, he never even gives the Japanese culture a chance, he constantly takes the piss and ignores the rules. Now lets be serious here, I know this is just a movie but I think even the most arrogant player/person wouldn't really act like this from day one. Sure over time people could lose their rag under strange circumstances, under stress with different cultures in a foreign land, but I think most would give it a shot and at least be polite to a degree to start with sheesh!

The fact that he doesn't like anything about Japan and constantly moans about how he hates it even though he's a popular sports icon earning money just makes him unlikable in my book. Sure its a come down for this character but he's still treated like a star and everything is provided for him, not too shabby really.

Anywho apart from the bitchy Jack Elliot (Selleck) the other cast members are very good and add much gravitas to this soppy tale. The best of these easily being Ken Takakura as the cliched hard nosed team coach who must put up with Elliot's sulky behaviour. Think of this guy as a Mr. Miyagi type character, he doesn't say much, grunts a lot, looks very serious and stern all the time, hides a few tricks and in the end wins your heart (much more so than Selleck's character). The film isn't as cliched as you'd think at times, there is the slimy ponytailed agent of Elliot who you'd swear blind will turn out to be the bad guy and somehow screw Elliot over...well you'd be wrong.

Its definitely a solid movie and its nice to see baseball through the eyes of another country even though there aren't too many outside of the US to choose from. The baseball sequences are visually pleasing and realistic whilst the action is as you would expect with lows followed by a training montage and then highs. The final scene gives you a reasonable adrenaline boost as the entirely predictable plot unravels before your eyes. Relaxing fun from the land of the rising sun, its just a shame about the main character being a complete douche.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


I could almost say Tom Selleck is a hero of mine, mainly due to his mustache and chest hair that are constantly finding ways to present itself to the audience, it's ridiculous and borderline impressive. Decent fish out of water film with classic cheese.

Lenny Muggsy

Super Reviewer


This movie wasn't funny at all, and not even that entertaining. I haven't seen many Selleck movies, but this one didn't leave a good impression. Oh well, least we see a nice naked Japanese butt take a step or two at one point.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

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